The Captain America Cartoon That Never Was

Did this 90s era cartoon have the potential to be as successful as the fan favorite X-Men Animated Series?

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By multipurposeponi - 3/17/2010


Marvel fans are sure to remember the X-Men cartoon that ran through most of the 90s. Especially since the entire series was finally released on DVD last year. What many are probably unaware of was the Captain America cartoon series Marvel was gearing to produce along with Saban Entertainment; who also had a hand in both the X-Men and Silver Surfer cartoons of the same era. Though Cap fans would love nothing more than to see the Star Spangled Avenger in as many entertainment mediums as possible, this series may have strayed too far from comfort.

The story was to be set during World War II but would not feature any Nazis as antagonists save for the Red Skull; which is a major oxymoron since the Red Skull WAS a a member of the Nazi Party. The centerstage heroes were to be Captain America, Bucky and a team of commandos outfitted with futuristic technology. It gets stranger, True Believers. Apparently Captain America's secret identity was Tommy Tompkins. Steve Rogers was a cover name assigned to him by the US Army.

Though the storyline might have been a bit unfamiliar, the show itself had several interesting aspects. For one, computer generated scenes and a bit of 3D graphics were to be used; which would have made it the first animated series to employ the technology.

Unfortunately the series never made it past the promo reel stage, due to Marvel's bankruptcy filing and management changes at the time. All was not lost, though. Thanks to the facility of modern information sharing we can at least get a glimpse of the Captain America show that never came to fruition.

Below you'll see a few storyboards courtesy of StoryboardPro. They were created by Will Meugniot; who was the artist for the TMNT and G.I.Joe: The Movie animated films (among many other projects) and also directed Ultimate Avengers 2.




And here, for your viewing pleasure, is the promo reel for the series. Many thanks go out to StoryboardsPro for sharing this information with us. Be sure to follow the included links to their site for a chance to see more storyboards and artwork.

Source: StoryboardsPro
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antonio - 3/17/2010, 8:22 PM
THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN COOL!!!!!!I DO PREFER 90'S XMEN AND SPIDEY!!!!!!!THE BEST SUPERHERO TV SHOW OF THE 90'S BATMAN:THE ANIMATED SERIES
jascurio - 3/17/2010, 8:24 PM
what this would have been awesome
CROVL - 3/17/2010, 8:24 PM
Could have potential... Not as gritty as X-Men which would have been a bummer...
Joker08 - 3/17/2010, 8:30 PM
Agreed. Nothing can top the stylistic art-deco take on BTAS. What I would give to be a kid again with my Batman cartoons... And X-Men rocked too.

@Multi: That blows. I feel for you, I'm just about to head out myself to celebrate :)
longbowhunter - 3/17/2010, 8:33 PM
Good idea, but probably would have sucked like Iron Man.
harvey5388 - 3/17/2010, 8:34 PM
I would have been obsessed with that show, guaranteed.
TDKR11 - 3/17/2010, 8:34 PM
Has potential like CROVAL said. I still would have liked to see this though.

Best Superhero TV show in the 90's were.....

Batman TAS

X-Men

Spider-Man

Superman

Iron Man

Hulk

WarNoodle - 3/17/2010, 8:38 PM
@ TDKR11 are you insane man!! did you forget pokemon!!! hey! Ash was a super hero to some! lol.... hahaha.. so kidding... but yeah, this Captain America cartoon would had been awesome!
Phinehas - 3/17/2010, 8:39 PM
I believe that the Spidey cartoon employed CGI as he swung through the streets. Would this have preceded the 90's SpideY?

It looks like from hindsight it was good that they didn't go through with it.

This new "centered" layout on CBM sucks, Sgt. Poni!
supermarioworldE - 3/17/2010, 8:39 PM
It's a shame that this show was never made. In the end, all we got was a cameo from Cap and Red skull in one spidey episode.

And that promo in that video above is too reminicent of the opening credits for the G.I. Joe animated series, with the good guys throwing the bad guys to other good guys (As a kid, I always wondered why they didn't just shoot them), and the team raising their fists before the fade out.
DaenerysTargaryen - 3/17/2010, 8:45 PM
I luv cap soo much.
Dmon - 3/17/2010, 8:46 PM
Looks like it would have been cool and I would have loved it but in the video his Shield looks too small.
DaenerysTargaryen - 3/17/2010, 8:46 PM
wait his name was tommy what!? Disaster averted
Urban8er - 3/17/2010, 8:50 PM
This wouldve been cool to see. I wouldve watched it
Betty - 3/17/2010, 8:52 PM
Multi-- I like left justified, myself.

Dmon-- Yeah the shield does look too small. lol!


The 3D is hokey and doesn't integrate well with the 2D, but hey it's the early 90s. Just a change in theme song would've worked wonders.
Phinehas - 3/17/2010, 8:52 PM
Poni
Understood about formatting. I still don't like it. But hey! Its your baby.

What is wrong with these people that they feel that they have to tweak everything. The story for the last 30 years of being in ice works! Its easy. Season 1: WWII Season 2: Silver age stories. Season 3: Modern age stories.

Not difficult.
charbelelnasr - 3/17/2010, 8:56 PM
Superman the Animated Series was the best cartoon in the 90s, followed by btas.
Betty - 3/17/2010, 8:58 PM
charbelelnasr-- uh... reverse that.)
ATOMbomb - 3/17/2010, 8:59 PM
HOLY HELL!! Loved the Superhero cartoons of the 90s. I was obsessed with Batman, loved that damn show. X-men is defiantly second, idk Spider-Man could tie it. This would have been [frick]ing awesome. It would have fit in perfectly. Yeah, the story is weird but it would have been cool either way. Silver Surfer was cool too maybe not the same caliber but still good. It would be great if they put this together as is, in celebration of the film and release it on DVD.
supermarioworldE - 3/17/2010, 9:07 PM
@Multi

Very true. It's not necessarily a bad thing. It's just that those sequences were made famous through G.I. Joe and should stay with that show.
ATOMbomb - 3/17/2010, 9:08 PM
HOLY HELL!! Loved the Superhero cartoons of the 90s. It would be cool if they put this together and released it on DVD.
Betty - 3/17/2010, 9:17 PM
What a great superhero name... Right Justified. He's doubly good.
AvengingAngel1022 - 3/17/2010, 9:32 PM
wow looks kinda weird
peterparker420 - 3/17/2010, 9:33 PM
I do belive Spider-Man used CGI when he was swinging throught the street's...But if this came BEFORE spidey then yes it would be the first.

my top 5 90's era cartoons

1) Batman: the Animated Series

2) Spider-Man

3) X-Men (recently picked up the complete series..
surprisingly It does Not hold up over time
but for some reason Spider-Man DOES!?!)

4) Superman: the Animated series

5) The Tick

runner ups:

Ren and Stimpy
Rocko's Modern Life
Doug
Darkwing Duck
Duck Tails
Bobby's World
JoshWilding - 3/17/2010, 9:33 PM
Huh, this would've been pretty cool! :) My favourite cartoon of the 90's (when I was a kid) was the Spider-Man one - it was that cartoon that actually got me interested in Marvel characters and eventually led me to start reading comic books! I was never a big fan of the Batman animated series though...maybe that's why now I only read Marvel, lol!
peterparker420 - 3/17/2010, 9:35 PM
Josh- WHAT? you're still up..Isn't it like 5:30am over there?
JoshWilding - 3/17/2010, 9:38 PM
PETE: Lol, it's 3.39am to be exact! I never really sleep that much to be honest - I'll be up now until gone 4 then up by about 9.30! :P

Man, I had forgotten all about Doug until I read your comment! I used to love that show! Oh and I've started work on those Ultimate X-Men/FF casts you suggested...man, they're difficult to put together! Still, at least I've finished Old Man Logan! I'll be posting that when it's about 6am your time!
peterparker420 - 3/17/2010, 9:59 PM
JOSH- LOL! Doug was one of my fav's!..until the acter
voicing him stopped and his voive was never the same, DUDE I really can't wait to see what you're cast choices are! LOL to bad i'll be sleeping at 6:00am! LOL
but I get up around 10 and I'll be sure to check it out!
I am sorry to hear that the ULT. FF/X-Men casts are giving you a hard time..But I am sure it will be all worth it!..I hope! LOL it is now EXACTLY 12:00 am! (estern standerd time)

GOOD MORNING EVERYONE!

MULTI- GREAT SCOOP!! that scene sounds AWESOME!!
TheQuestion - 3/17/2010, 10:14 PM
I don't know about everyone else, but I loved Silver Surfer and the Fantastic Four cartoons. The story lines and characterization were just about 100% true to the comics. And Silver Surfer had that great Jack Kirby style. It has to be one of the great, underappreciated cartoons in history.
TNTjesus - 3/17/2010, 10:18 PM
@ Mutli Lovin all the Lantern set pics and articles you have been doing. How the hell are you getting all the good inside info and pics?
Checkmate - 3/17/2010, 10:20 PM
I would've watched that. Who doesn't want to let their kids watch a superhero fighting nazis?
Ranger14 - 3/17/2010, 10:41 PM
Very Cool! Thanks for sharing, Multi!

After watching that, I am continuing to be unnerved about all these wimpy and scrawny actors that are being thrown in the mix for the Cap part. Even Evans would need to bulk up some to look like Cap should look.
Peteyparker - 3/17/2010, 10:58 PM
It would have beat the surfer's show
thedon786 - 3/18/2010, 4:08 AM
would have been class but batman animated series ruled the 90s
StephenStrange - 3/18/2010, 5:34 AM
I know I would NOT have missed it! But as far as popularity, I am not too sure
WeaponX - 3/18/2010, 6:12 AM
Tommy Tompkins?! Hahahaha.
LEEE777 - 3/18/2010, 7:28 AM
Awesome find the @ MULTI!

What the [frick] is wrong with some ppl???

This looks a billion times better than that lame AVENGERS cartoon series we all ended up getting! : p

????
comicb00kguy - 3/18/2010, 7:44 AM
This could have been pretty cheesy, but we'll never know. I certainly would have given this a chance, as big of a Cap fan as I am. Thanks for sharing this interesting piece of trivia.

Leee, I would agree to a point- this show would have been better than that godawful Avengers series (thankfully short-lived) we did get. I just don't know if it would have been a BILLION times better, though!

The 90s certainly had a lot of great animated comics series, but what about Static Shock? The first couple of years or so of that was absolute greatness (before Richie became Gear). Also, didn't Batman Beyond start in the 90's? I really enjoyed the different take on the whole BAtman legend found in that show.
EpicMan - 3/18/2010, 7:54 AM
I loved the cartoons!!! In just one Xmen movie all i wanted is a fight with the opening/fight theme from the cartoon!! It would have been a great nod!
Azrael83 - 3/18/2010, 9:08 AM
Is red skull grabbing Cap in an inappropriate place? Wow I wonder why this never made it to Saturday morning cartoons?
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